Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson

Henrietta Lacks “Mother of Modern Medicine” saved and continues to save and extend the lives of millions of people around the world. Ms. Lacks was honored with a portrait by Kadir Nelson to be displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. May her name and legacy never be forgotten.


Links for the Voracious

Big Freedia is the Queen of Bounce and one of the most exciting artists in music. So why is she invisible in videos where her voice is featured?

Mariel Padilla found out she won the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting while in journalism class. The linked article includes this beautiful sentence: “Padilla’s database became a go-to for filling in those gaps, allowing the narrative to stretch uninterrupted, and revealing the rhythmic, ticking heartbreaks of an epidemic that does not sleep.”

Check out this profile of Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl. She won the Innovators Award at the 38th Annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes last week.

The great Sandra Oh is back on TV in a crime thriller that may very well be worthy of her talents.

School segregation never went away.

Fundamental Truths

Source: Alisha Wormsley, The Last Billboard

Artist Alisha Wormsley’s simple statement about black people existing in the future is apparently too much for some Pittsburgh residents to accept.

The billboard, the latest in a series from The Last Billboard project, was removed from the building where it was located at the end of March. The building’s property manager Eve Picker told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a statement, “we were contacted by a number of people in the local community who said that they found the message offensive and divisive.” This was the first billboard removed in the project’s eight year history.

Black people will exist in the future, but what where will they live? From Pittsburgh to Portland and Austin to Oakland, historically black neighborhoods have now become places where black people are no longer welcome.

in the inner city by Lucille Clifton

in the inner city


like we call it


we think a lot about uptown

and the silent nights

and the houses straight as

dead men

and the pastel lights

and we hang on to our no place

happy to be alive

and in the inner city


like we call it


“The Gospel According to André”

The trailer for “The Gospel According to André” gives us a glimpse into a loving examination of Andre Leon Talley’s supremely unique life in rarified air.

Talley fully embodies George Bernard Shaw’s maxim about life’s purpose. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” The self Andre Leon Talley has created is wondrous and self-affirming. His life’s work is to venerate beauty in all its forms and honor creative self-expression as a universal virtue without boundaries.


The Passionate Listener

3 by Denise La Salle: Queen of The Party

In October, The Jackson Sun reported Blues and R&B legend Denise LaSalle is recovering from a leg amputation.

May Ms. LaSalle experience a healthy recovery. Enjoy some of her party classics and wish her well.

Lick It Before You Stick It

Your Husband Is Cheatin’ On Us

Pay Before You Pump